7. Ryan Lochte Caught in a Lie at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games
Lochte, one of the more decorated U.S. Olympic swimmers with 12 medals, was suspended for 10 months by USA Swimming during the 2016 Games after he and three teammates admitted lying about being robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station. Witnesses and surveillance video showed the intoxicated swimmers had vandalized a restroom, leading security guards to draw their weapons. Before the incident, Lochte was part of the gold-medal-winning 4 X 200-meter relay team; afterward, he finished fifth in the 200-meter individual medley—an event in which he was expected to medal. Charges made by Brazilian authorities against Lochte were eventually dropped.
8. Lolo Jones Stumbles in 100-meter Hurdles at 2008 Beijing Games
With just two hurdles left to go, the heavily favored Jones stumbled and finished seventh. Teammate Dawn Harper won the event, and Jones wept. “It’s the hurdles. You have to get over all 10 and if you can’t, you’re not meant to be the champion,” she told the
New York Times. Four years later, at the Summer Olympics in London, she failed to earn a medal. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Jones competed for a U.S. bobsled team that finished 11th.
9. A Women’s Soccer Shocker at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games
The Americans, the World Cup champions and three-time defending Olympic champs, were heavily favored. Their star-studded lineup included Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe. But a
shocking loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals on a penalty shootout eliminated the Americans—the earliest exit for a U.S. team in six Olympics. Solo, who stalled for time before the final shootout kick by switching out her goalie gloves, stirred controversy afterward, calling the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” and stating that “unfortunately the better team didn’t win.” 10. Gymnast McKayla Maroney Slips at 2012 London Games
McKayla Maroney wasn’t pleased with a silver medal in the vault.
AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
Heavily favored to win gold in the vault, Maroney nailed her first attempt, but the 16-year-old slipped during her second, landing on her rear and settling for silver behind Sandra Izbasa of Romania. Maroney’s disappointment showed on the podium, as she made a face with pursed lips that quickly became a viral meme with the saying “McKayla is not impressed.” During a visit to the White House with her teammates in the fall following the Games, Maroney posed with President
Barack Obama—each made “The Face.”